Archive for Thursday, May 10, 2007

Annual safety fair returns

May 10, 2007

The time has returned to fight fire with a fair. After a one-year hiatus, the Eudora Township Fire Department will bring back its safety fair.
Members of the Eudora Township Fire Department and other public safety organizations will band together from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday to help make Eudora a safer place. The free event will be at the township fire station, 310 East 20th St.
"The fact is we want to inform the township residents of all the emergency services available to them," organizer and Eudora Township fire prevention officer Sue Coleman said.
Attendees will experience demonstrations by local organizations, a smoke maze and free food.
"People can just come in and sit down and get involved if they want or they can just watch," Coleman said. "We encourage people to get involved."
Representatives from the Eudora City Fire Department, Lawrence Douglas-County Fire Medical and the American Red Cross among others will be at the fair, Coleman said.

The fair will also feature smaller public safety organizations next to the larger entities.
The Douglas County Health Department Medical Reserve Corps, for instance, will stage demonstrations on how to properly wash hands, Coleman said.
The events will range from the fun to the practical.
Every hour on the hour, Eudora Emergency Medical Service members will give CPR lessons to the public, Coleman said.
"If we have 300 people come out and even 30 people walk away knowing how to do CPR properly, that's wonderful," Coleman said.
For fun, youngsters will have the opportunity to examine the department's fire equipment, practice calling 911 with Douglas County dispatchers, or expend excess energy on an inflatable moonwalk, Coleman said.
Throughout the day, fair-goers will also have the opportunity to test throwing accuracy on a dunk tank and possibly drop local officials into the water, Coleman said.
All the various activities tie into one theme, Coleman said.
"We're really trying to promote safety," Coleman said. "We have a whole lot of stuff going on."
Door prizes donated by local businesses will also be given away throughout the fair.
Although this year's fair will include new features and organizations, a crowd favorite will be missing, Coleman said.
In the past, people had the opportunity to see an emergency helicopter land near the fire station.
This year, because of the city's growth, the landing won't be possible, Coleman said, but she is considering finding an alternate location next year to bring the chopper back.
Coleman's favorite attraction, the smoke maze, will remain, she said.
It's a good attraction for children and adults, she said.
"It kind of gives them a feeling of what it's like to crawl through a fire," Coleman said.
It's also designed to where parents could go through if they wish, Coleman said.

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